pantanap (3335) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
gtmw 08....seemed like a long line for this one.... poured a hazy reddish auburn brown with a thin soapy white head.... aroma of tart red berries (that’s all i gots).... slightly tart berry flavors with spritzy carbonation. pretty drinkable. not terribly complex but a nice take on a tart fruit beer.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap GTMW 2008
Aroma is lactic sourness, red fruit, some cereal.
Taste is similar. Dull fruit, berry, and rye.
Finishes dry, fizzy and berried.
Not an overly layered beer, in my opinion, just a nice meshing of ingredients that is very good.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Taste 2008. Another impressive fruit beer, and again one of the highlights of the festival. So much going on here, it was hard to separate the flavors of sour ale from the spice from the blackberry. The came off as somewhat of a combination of New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Founders Red Rye, which as you might imagine, was excellent. Notes of blackberry and currant mesh with sour cherry, honey, hay, and vanilla. The complexity makes this worth seeking out.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 750mL Unlabeled Bottle. Big nose of spice and fruit. Funky german bread and fruit. Savory. Pours a clouded red-tinted amber, with a rim of soapy white. Flavor is funky as well. A crisp yeast production, with light sour fruit in it. A bit of bready spice. Tangy and sharp. Light alcohol. As a loaf of weird spice conflicting with blackberry jam. The rye spice is weird with the fruit. Itís prominent, but fights the fruit a little. However, with a little imagination this is an interesting rendition of rye toast with a smearing of dark fruit jam. Carbonation isnít bad. Rye is rather prominent. Alcohols marry the flavors a little. Interesting. I canít tell if there are some yeast phenols or a if its run of rye. Confused. Tangy, but I donít know where thatís coming from, probably the blackberries.